not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:25‬ ‭

The believer was encouraged to attend church gatherings, making a habit of neglecting or skipping church was not condoned.

What Biblical exceptions exist if any?

I assume imprisonment like Paul and Silas is one; being an apostle (sent with the gospel) is another; being bedridden like Peter’s mother is another. Would apostate congregations like Laodicea be another acceptable reason to not gather?

  • Nihil Sine Deo: You would attend another congregation that was spiritually rich. Commented Feb 2, 2021 at 18:50

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One keyword here is

Let us not neglect
ἐγκαταλείποντες (enkataleipontes)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1459: From en and kataleipo; to leave behind in some place, i.e. let remain over, or to desert.

Thayer's Greek Lexicon

  1. to abandon, desert ...
  2. to leave behind

Under some unavoidable circumstances, we can temporarily suspend meetings.

Another keyword here is "habit".

New International Version

not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing

This is habitually neglecting or abandoning meetings as a permanent practice. This is not allowed.

I'd encourage one another as shownn in Acts 2:42

They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Some form of participation/meeting/fellowship can always be practiced regularly, more or less.

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